The Relevance of the Wagner Act for Resolving Today's Job-Security Crisis

21 Pages Posted: 9 May 2012 Last revised: 27 Aug 2014

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Anne Marie Lofaso

West Virginia University - College of Law

Date Written: May 4, 2012

Abstract

In this paper I start with the simple observation that workers are more vulnerable in times of economic contraction than in times of economic growth. The purpose of my paper is two-fold. First is to unpack the underlying reasons for that phenomenon. Second is to propose a solution that makes workers less vulnerable during recession, and which employers can buy into. My solution - to compel bargaining over mass layoffs and plant closings regardless of whether the workers are unionized - is both economically efficient and values the autonomy and dignity of the worker.

Suggested Citation

Lofaso, Anne Marie, The Relevance of the Wagner Act for Resolving Today's Job-Security Crisis (May 4, 2012). WVU Law Research Paper No. 2012-01, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2051104 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2051104

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